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Nellie reaches her century

PUBLISHED: 14:26 11 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:30 03 March 2010

GREAT grandmother Nellie Fisk found it hard to believe that she had reached the age of 100 when she woke up on her birthday morning.

But it became more real when she found a greetings card from the Queen and a telegram from the Secretary of State for Pensions and Work among the pile of cards delivered to her home in Magdalen Road, Hadleigh.

GREAT grandmother Nellie Fisk found it hard to believe that she had reached the age of 100 when she woke up on her birthday morning.

But it became more real when she found a greetings card from the Queen and a telegram from the Secretary of State for Pensions and Work among the pile of cards delivered to her home in Magdalen Road, Hadleigh.

Mrs Fisk came to Suffolk from London, where she had worked as a waitress for the famous Lyons cafes until she married her late husband Charles and the couple's three children were born.

Once her children had grown, she returned to waitressing, working until she was 70, before finally retiring and moving to be nearer her daughter, Beryl, who lives in Manningtree.

A believer in doing "everything in moderation" Mrs Fisk said she had no particular prescription for how to live to such a great age. She said: "I just carry on from day to day".

Her favourite occupations were reading, her garden and cooking, although she can no longer stand for long enough to indulge her love of cooking.

Mrs Fisk said she enjoyed meeting people but did not like some of the changes she had seen in her long lifetime.

She said: "The world's changed a lot and in some ways I don't think things have got better. It doesn't seem to be a quiet sort of world now. Even allowing for two world wars it wasn't so violent as now."

Family and friends gathered for a party at the Sydney Brown Court very sheltered housing complex on Wednesday where she was presented with a gift by Babergh district councillor John Roberts.


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